Lev Mendes is a former member of The New York Review editorial staff. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Point, among other publications.
 (June 2018)


Through a Glass Darkly

Balthus: Thérèse Dreaming, 1938
I came to the Met to see Thérèse—Thérèse Blanchard, Balthus’s model and muse. The museum owns two of the eleven paintings Balthus made of the girl between 1936 and 1939, when she turned fourteen, including Thérèse Dreaming, the object of recent #MeToo-related controversy and an online petition, signed by thousands, requesting that the painting either be removed from view or displayed differently. The Met has so far declined to do so.